Software Engineer - Python (remote)

About us

ZAGENO was founded in 2015, ZAGENO is eliminating bottlenecks to breakthrough science and research through curated connections linking scientists and their institutions’ procurement offices with leading life science vendors. World-renowned academic and government research facilities, global pharmaceutical companies, and biotechs large and small are already users of our unique online biotech marketplace, currently comprising more than three million products.

What do we do?

  1. We help scientists choose the optimal laboratory kits and materials for each unique experiment setup.
  2. We make purchasing transactions more efficient for both buyers and sellers.
  3. For our vendor partners, we provide a valuable, expanded sales channel.
Our growing ZAGENO team of 60 in Cambridge, USA, and Berlin, Germany, includes experts in science, e-commerce, systems integration, and customer support to enable smarter, faster processes — allowing more time and resources for value-added science and better research results. Find out more on

About the Role

We are hiring a Python Engineer to join our tech team, either as a full-time employee in one of our locations (Cambridge or Berlin) or as a Freelancer! If you have a passion for technology, get things done and own what you build, question the status quo, then look no further!

In this role you will:
  • Oversee large-scale python development, deployment, and testing with a cloud-first strategy
  • Manage automation (python + shell scripts) as key to qualitatively scaling our team
  • Manage a continuous integration and deployment infrastructure on the cloud
  • Smart solutions including front- and back-end tasks, depending on your strengths
  • Oversee cross-functional teams, including developers, QA engineers, product managers, and product owners to fulfill our customers' needs
  • Depending on your skillset, you will work on the frontend, including new components within our style guide to unify the user experience across our platform or on back-office functionalities to fulfill the customer’s needs
  • Manage how to store, perform queries, and manage big data on/to different data sources (BigQuery, ElasticSearch, Postgres)
  • Understand all of the technologies we use. While each of us focuses on specific areas, we help each other and learn from each other
Technologies & programming languages we use:
  • Python, BigQuery, Postgres, ElasticSearch, Django, Redis, Less CSS, and a super minimal JS library (a usable backend trumps a shiny frontend)

About You

  • You are a true Python developer. You understand the pythonic way of writing things and different coding paradigms
  • You must have used Python professionally for at least the last 3 years
  • You have worked with Django
  • You understand the ins and outs of what you are talking about. You don't settle for "well it works now", but try to understand why it works or why it doesn't.
  • You can analyze, plan and execute product developments
  • A code without unit tests gives you nightmares
You will find the team a great fit if:
  • You have an agile mindset willing to contribute to the team goals
  • You understand that trust (goes both ways) is key for a healthy professional relationship with both your team and lead
  • You are an honest and selfless player in a fair and selfless team. We will help you whenever you need it, and we would expect you to do the same with us. It's not about you. It's about all of us (all for 1 and 1 for all)
  • You bring your ideas to the table, and you stand your ground when you believe in them. But also, you give others the chance to discuss their ideas
  • You are excited about pushing forward for continuous improvement, scalability, and performance
  • Last, but not least, you are passionate and motivated about what you do and why you do it

Our Benefits

  • Working on a meaningful challenge with a positive impact on the scientific community 
  • A professional and international team with a global vision and mindset
  • An exciting, international working environment - we have more than 40 nationalities!
  • A learning & development budget to enable your ambitions to grow professionally in your field